Summit Oktoberfest Marzen - Summit Brewing Company
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3.88/5 rDev +7.2%
Burnt orange with sparkling brass at the margins. The beige colored cap is tidy, but firm, with a heavily pitted look that I like. What appears to be an acceptable amount of lace is beginning to form on the upper few inches of the glass. This looks like a standard Marzen; perhaps a little lighter than most.
The nose, as well, is standard issue for the style. Malt leads the way (natch) with faint caramel and earthy Munich notes. Since there isn't a great deal of power, a more detailed description isn't possible.
I feel odd drinking an Oktoberfest during late winter, so from now on I'll call this beer a Februarfest. Okay, bad idea. The flavor is enjoyable if you like the style. I can appreciate lightly toasted, earthy, whole grain bread; tea-like notes and a minimal spicy hoppiness. There's actually quite a bit going on.
The hop lineup isn't anything overly original (Northern Brewer, Tettnang and Saaz), but then tradition is tradition for a reason. Simcoe or Amarillo would turn this beer into something else entirely; good maybe, but not really an Oktoberfest. Sweet and bitter are present in roughly equal measure and the beer is the better for it.
Despite the rather lofty 7.7% ABV, I don't really notice alcohol; a tribute to the brewers' skill. The mouthfeel falls within the wide range of medium and is firm rather than smooth or silky. Again, classic for the style. A (tending toward) bitter, drying finish enhances drinkability.
Summit Oktoberfest Marzen and Millstream Oktoberfest are two of the better domestic versions that I've run across. Maybe it has something to do with the high concentration of German immigrants in the Midwest. In any case, this is a beer that I can easily recommend. While it didn't impress the lederhosen off me, it's a definite keeper.
02-08-2006 17:04:22 | More by BuckeyeNation
4/5 rDev +10.5%
not bad at all for the first beer of the night. served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 10/06/2010.
pours a nice rich clear dark amber color.nice big head of white pops up right away to a height of around three inches before fading back down and coating the sides of the glass rather nicely.
aroma is deep caramel malts, lots of earthy tones and hints of dark hops. warming brings out a rich grainy and malty character that really shines through. clean and crisp flavor as the sweet malts really steal th show here. earthy with loads of bready malts and a light hop bitterness in the finish that seals the deal for me.
overall a very solid example of the style. nothing at all to complain about at all here.
10-07-2010 00:28:18 | More by mikesgroove
3.6/5 rDev -0.6%
Contains enough Oktoberfest character to fit the style, but not enough to compete with classic German examples. Begins with aromas made up of part malty grains, bread, yeast, and earthy hops, but also partly with ester, fruity ale characters and American hops. Brilliantly clear with a pale copper hue. Sparkling carbonation with fair head retention and lacing. Tastes go back and forth from bready / saaz, to fruity / spicy. Body does lack creaminess, and maltiness, but the beer does finish clean except for a mild metalic hop character late. Good beer but not what I will go for when wanting an true Oktoberfest.
11-19-2006 19:23:00 | More by BEERchitect
3.4/5 rDev -6.1%
Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.
Yet another Oktoberfest beer to sample. 'Tis the season, I s'pose... It pours a clear light sunrise sienna topped by a finger of dirty off-tan foam. The nose comprises buttery caramel, grass, light greens, earthy flowers, and dry wheat. The taste brings in more of the same, though the caramel's sweetness is amped up and the graininess steps up enough to duel with it for the duration of the taste. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a grainy feel. Overall, a decent O-Fest, but it doesn't really pop much at all. Not bad at all, but not great.
09-29-2011 03:53:56 | More by TMoney2591
3.88/5 rDev +7.2%
A - Translucent and bubbly, this copper colored octoberfest had a thin, small, khaki colored head. It left minimal lacing on the pint glass.
S - A nutty, grainy aroma with strong caramel notes. There was also a floral scent.
T - It tasted very much like the aroma; caramel, nuts, grains. It also had a sharp, bitter hop bite.
M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium bodied beer that hides its ABV very well.
D - This is a very good octoberfest. I'm glad I was able to get my hands on some.
10-08-2009 02:03:29 | More by zeff80
3.93/5 rDev +8.6%
A clear, deep amber/copper body is punctuated by the creamy vanilla head that rests above it. It appears with an almost reddish cast while resting on the bar, but it's clearly more of a straightforward amber with golden highlights when held to the light. The nose displays a grainy, very toasty maltiness and some grassy/floral hops. The body is medium; and its fine carbonation leaves it crisp in the mouth. The rich, distinctly toasted Vienna malt is slightly sweet but well-balanced by a solid bitterness and some limited grassy/piney hop flavor; and it finishes dry with a lingering note of malt, then hops, and finally bitterness and a splash of alcohol. An enjoyable beer with a bit of a bite to it!
10-31-2003 02:18:48 | More by NeroFiddled
3.64/5 rDev +0.6%
Nice to see Summit back in Ohio, this is an Oktoberfest, poured into a 1/2 liter krug, there's a perfectly filtered copper body with a bright light beige head that fills the more than a 1/3rd of the glass. Fine banded lacing with each sip as it slowly dwindles down. Aroma has a nice pleasant cereal grain complexity built into it light herbal hops, almost cider like notes with caramelized sugars evident. Flavor is a bready full on sweetness with malts working overtime, herbal highlights bring a bit of balance but this beer has more than enough residual malts to become borderline cloying, most Oktoberfest beers I enjoy have big malt but manage to still finish crisp and refreshing, the finish here seems a bit unrefined compared to good American versions or the German standbys. Mouthfeel is medium bodied carbonation tickles the back of the throat putting just a bit too much of that element out there, overall I'm glad to have another version to try from Summit still very enjoyable.
10-24-2013 16:39:10 | More by WVbeergeek
3.55/5 rDev -1.9%
Pours amber/orange with a 1" off white head. Minimal head retention & lacing
S: Fruitty & then some grainny notes
Taste: Malt sweetness, then fruittyness with a faint alcohol burn up front. Slight alcohol & caramel follows. Finishes sweet, dry & slighltly grainy
MF: Medium with some pricklyness & a syruppy feel as it warms
Drinks pretty good, not a bad take, but I'd preffer a little more finese versus the alcohol/grainy taste hammer. Still worth seeking out
08-18-2006 04:18:47 | More by russpowell
4.4/5 rDev +21.5%
Now in it's third year of existence, Summit's Oktobefest only becomes more popular, and good reason. I liked it the moment it met my lips, and my passion fails to flag!
Appearance: nice light bronze color, a deep amber, you could say, with a fluffy, creamy, though short and swiftly settling, head.
Aroma: spicy, super-sweet, noticably alcoholic, but still soft, and herbal and utterly delightful.
How was that again?
Mmmm, mmm, Mmmmm!
Or perhaps I meant to say, sweet, rich, malty, with a thick, even treacly texture, though rather light-bodied, but full-flavored, and with a tidy, toffeeish, almost buttery finish that rings through the mouth and clings to the senses.
Bright and tasty and yummy, yum, yum!
10-31-2003 11:12:19 | More by feloniousmonk
3.55/5 rDev -1.9%
Clocks in at 7.4% this year per SummitBrewing.com. I've tried this a couple times recently, but I'm drinking a bottle right now. The draft, by memory drank smoother, but wasn't all that different. This beer is a deeper red than most O-fest and has more kick in the finish. The flavor starts with the usual caramel malt, but there's a touch of alcohol burn with grassy, earthy hops. This is a big beer, and not your typical Oktoberfest, definitely not sessionable.
10-31-2009 06:13:42 | More by tempest
3.58/5 rDev -1.1%
Pours a two finger white head that vanishes leaving no lace. Cloudy amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet malty nose. Starts sweet but balanced, subdued caramel finish, higher ABV totally hidden. 99¢ for a 12oz bottle from Chalet Party Goshen, In.
11-18-2006 23:37:01 | More by jdhilt
3.5/5 rDev -3.3%
12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the dark orangey amber brew. Head hangs at about half height, with average lacing. Aroma is sweet somewhat wet grain, with a tinge of alcohol. Flavor is upfront brash fruity malts, with closing bitterness, relatively balanced overall. Mouthfeel and drinkability are about average, although the perceived alcohol in the taste seems high for the style.
01-19-2006 21:38:01 | More by ppoitras
3.98/5 rDev +9.9%
a. Poured into a pint glass on tap. Nice amber color and a bit of head that eventually recedes to nothing.
s. malty and some earthy hop. Not a whole lot going on in the nose.
t. A nicely balanced o-fest that packs plenty of flavor. Roasted and caramel malts, a crisp hopping spices things up and keeps the malt in check. Definately a surprise.
m. Medium bodied and crisp.
d. This is a really good o-fest. One of the better ones I've had in 2008. The 7.7% is not noticable in the taste. recommended.
10-23-2008 15:28:49 | More by Stinkypuss
2.95/5 rDev -18.5%
An Old Chicago night. Gave this a try as it's approaching October. Pours a light ruby, earthy brown color. Small head, could be due to OldC pouring. Served very cold.
It had a semi sweet smell, a bit grainy. Light almond hints. Tasted much the same. A nice bready undertone takes the harshness of almond away. Some slightly roasted grain makes it's way to the back of the palate. A bit thin. Chalk this up as average
10-01-2007 17:39:55 | More by Mebuzzard
4/5 rDev +10.5%
On draft at Bonfire, MSP airport.
Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.
The smell featured a solid caramel and earthy sweet malt.
The taste was upfront sweet with a mild spicy smokiness. Finished dry.
The mouthfeel was typical of the style.
Overall a tasty malt driven beer.
10-11-2010 15:22:30 | More by plaid75
Summit Oktoberfest Marzen from Summit Brewing Company
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